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Seek the Kingdom! David Schaal Chapter 2



Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom!: 

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom! Dave’s story of backpacking as a 14- year-old in the Appalachian Mountains—called on by the vision of the mountain ahead.—p. 17

Seek the Peaceable Kingdom: 

Seek the Peaceable Kingdom Zion is our compelling vision. (p. 17)

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom!: 

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom! Different opinions about Zion Scriptural/traditional definition: 'And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.'—D andamp; C 36:2h–i Brainstorm: What does Zion mean to you?

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom!: 

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom! Three considerations about your life, your congregation’s life, and the cause of Zion: Loving the World Vision 'Gathering' Our Gifts

#1: Loving the World(pp. 17–18): 

#1: Loving the World (pp. 17–18) Shaking hands with the world? Not talking about compromise. 'For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son…' —John 3:16 IV What does this mean for us?

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom: 

Chapter 2: Seek the Kingdom 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son.' —John 3:16 IV What does this mean for us?

#1: Loving the World(p. 18): 

#1: Loving the World (p. 18) We should not be naïve about the evil in the world. But Community of Christ is not about fleeing or escaping from the world. Instead, aware of the love of God for the world, we seek to overcome racism, hunger, violence, and other injustices, etc.

#1: Loving the World: 

#1: Loving the World God loves this world. Can we do otherwise? Activity 1 (p. 18)

#2: Vision(pp. 18–19): 

#2: Vision (pp. 18–19) Do we have a vision of what is possible for the world? Remember the story about the hike in the Appalachian Mountains? Having a vision was important to get there.

#2: Vision(pp. 18–19): 

#2: Vision (pp. 18–19) Jesus has a vision: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.' —Luke 4:18–19 /Isaiah 61:1–2a

#2: Vision: 

#2: Vision Activity 2 (p. 19) Create the environment in which vision can be born for a congregation. Dedicate several weeks, even months, to studying the principles of effective community outreach; exploring their congregational gifts; learning about the community and its needs; and praying for God’s guidance.

#3: “Gathering” Our Gifts(p. 19): 

#3: 'Gathering' Our Gifts (p. 19) 'I would like to affirm the principle of gathering, which has to do with our being together in pursuing the cause of Zion, as opposed to personal, individual efforts alone.' What does Dave mean by this?

#3: “Gathering” Our Gifts(pp. 19–20): 

#3: 'Gathering' Our Gifts (pp. 19–20) Congregations also have gifts. We should not measure our congregation against an 'ideal.' Rather, build on its unique gifts and abilities.

#3: “Gathering” Our Gifts: 

#3: 'Gathering' Our Gifts A congregation is called according to its gifts! Consider Richard Betts’s testimony of the Central London House Church in England.—p. 20 Activity 3 (p. 21)

There Is Hope! : 

There Is Hope! 'The cause of Zion is not a hopeless dream but a compelling vision of the possible—not because we want it, but because it is God’s desire.   'The question before us as individuals and congregations is not whether or not we will change the world. The question is will we join the energy and faith of our lives with those forces that are already changing the world, or will we simply sit back and wonder about what might be done?'—p. 21

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